‘My lads are so hard to beat’ - Norwich boss Farke warns Ipswich ahead of derby
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Daniel Farke may be new to East Anglian rivalries but the Norwich City boss warns Ipswich Town face a titanic struggle to break the derby spell.
The Canaries have not lost to their neighbours since 2009, and City travel over the border this Sunday buoyed by the manner of a dramatic Championship late show to extend their current unbeaten run to eight games.
Farke admits Nelson Oliveira’s 96th-minute equaliser against Hull City has helped change the mood music ahead of his derby bow.
“We know it is a big task this coming weekend but it is not easy to play us,” he said. “My lads are so hard to beat. We know we are in good shape. We have something like 17 points from this run and if you are averaging more than two points a game that is brilliant. We will go to Ipswich in good mood.
“After Hull we also went in front of them in the table.
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“Okay, they have a game in hand. We know if we go there and draw we stay in front of them but a win would be much nicer.
“We are in a good spirits and after the last game we know we are always able to score. When you lose it can be different. You are sad, disappointed and must speak about the topics and what you can improve. Of course we will speak about the areas where we could do better, especially defending the counter, but we are looking forward to it.”
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Farke feels the manner of City’s stoppage time riposte, to peg back Hull City at a raucous Carrow Road, could prove the perfect preparation for a frenetic Championship occasion at Portman Road.
“Of course I would prefer to win a game but perhaps for the season as a whole it is more important to come back for the spirit and the attitude to have a game where you score in the 96th minute,” said Farke. “It is a sign of our attitude. I always say to my players even in the frustrating moments remember we can score goals.
“Okay, at times we took the wrong decisions in the last third, maybe when Wes (Hoolahan) or Nelson were trying to create something and it didn’t happen. No problem, just go further on and try to use the next scene. That is what they did. I think we are the team who has the best scoring record in the last 15 minutes of games. That shows you we are physically in a brilliant condition, and mentally in a brilliant condition.”